Police clear man who killed
attempted home invader
Originally ran here
"Antioch man kills suspect in botched home invasion"
By SHEILA BURKE, Tennessean Staff Writer
TENNESSEE -- Metro police have determined that
an Antioch homeowner was justified when he shot and killed a man who allegedly
tried to break into his house early yesterday morning.
Gregory L. Jenkins, 27, of 4615 Artelia Drive,
fired several shots at his back door when he awoke and saw a broken window and
someone trying to get into his home. Someone outside shot back at him and
Jenkins returned the fire, fatally wounding 23-year-old Eddrick Cleveland of 129
Cleveland and his cousin, Donnie Lee Rucker
Jr., 25, went to Jenkins' house armed with rifles, police said. The two walked
into his back yard at about 12:30 a.m.
Police said Cleveland got on the back deck of
the residence and broke out a window in the back door. The breaking of the glass
woke Jenkins, who grabbed his gun and went to investigate the noise.
Investigators said Rucker fired back at
Jenkins. Jenkins shot Cleveland in the chest when he returned the suspect's
Rucker helped Cleveland get back to their car
and then drove him to Southern Hills Medical Center. Cleveland was taken to
Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where he later died.
Police arrested Rucker, of 205 Manchester Ave.,
and charged him with attempted aggravated robbery. He was in Metro Jail last
night, with bail set at $25,000.
Police said Cleveland and Rucker selected
Jenkins' house because they thought there were drugs or drug money at the home.
No drugs were found inside, and the homeowner denied involvement in drug
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